Congratulations 2011 Masters Graduates

Grads Throwing HatsAnd now it is time to say goodbye. After months of seeing each other in Smith, Tandy and Rogers Halls, weekends and weekdays, studying alone and working together, 71 graduate business students received their MBA hoods from Dean Erekson at a special ceremony exclusively for Neeley School graduates.

On December 17 prior to TCU Commencement, the Neeley School hosted the prestigious Hooding Ceremony for graduating Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, Full-time MBA,  and Master of Accounting students to receive their hoods in front of family and friends in Ed Landreth Hall Auditorium. The hoods for master degree candidates, part of their academic regalia, bear TCU’s purple and white satin on one side and dark beige velvet, called Drab, on the other side to denote Business.

“The tradition of wearing caps and gowns is quite old, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when scholars wore the dress of religious clerics,” notes Dean Homer Erekson. “There is indeed something quite sacred about honoring the academic accomplishments of our MBA and Master of Accounting graduates and formally hooding them in recognition.”

Five TCU MBA students were singled out as graduating in the top 10 percent of their class, including Linda O’Brien and Angela Caddell of the Executive MBA program, and Gary R. Whittle, Jason Miles, and Kevin Egan from the Professional MBA program. This academic achievement is especially significant since the students in these two programs study for their MBA degree while maintaining a full-time career.

Congratulations to all of our 2011 Neeley School graduates:

Executive MBA    
Robert J. Bobrowski Gregory V. Kajoian Gregory Mitchell Saltsman
Sondra Elizabeth Bowden Nelson Glade Knight Mirza W. Sarwat
Angela Rene Caddell Steven Tyson Mallard Susan Elizabeth Semmier
Ronald Frank Cantwell Linda G. O'Brien Richard Smith
Alvar L. Diaz Jesse Michael Peltier Michelle Marie Stefan
Mant Campbell Hawkins James G. Phillips Kenneth Dale Stephens
Ryan D. Jaggi Daniel Charlres Pitts  
Jeffrey Scott Jiles Aaron B. Ray  


Professional MBA    
Jason A. Abu-Aitah Ryan Kurtis Holm* Adam Randall Robbins*
Michael Anthony Alexander Lisa N. Israel* Luke Daniel Rogers*
Maria Austin Sara Anya Joseph* Nathan Alan Ryall*
Cody Dell Bailey Katherine M. Kimberlin Bobby L. Samuel
Kathryn Elizabeth Baker* Dane W. Mercier Samuel D. Sheppard*
Jeannine M. Brew Victor Lee Meyers* Chris Shipman*
Joseph Austin Eckstein Jason Ronald Miles Jason Paul Van Osdell*
Kevin Robert Egan* Michael Keith Newsom Matthew Stewart White*
Michael Branton Freeman* Collin Nwachukwu* Gary R. Whittle
Jesus Daniel Garcia* Vijaykumar R. Patil*  
Barry T. Garrison Andrew T. Reynolds*  


Full-Time MBA    
Zohaib M. Ali* Preston Lockett Neely Michael T. Williams
April Hahnfeld Yugasandhya Pothamsetty* Yan Wu
Lacey Joe Hammons Stephen Collin Ratcliff Ning Yuan
Stephen Padraic Murphy Caleb F. Walters  


Accelerated MBA    
Jason Michael Dupre Jay Hamilton Miller* Lindsey B. Shanklin


Master of Accounting    
John Michael Annis Michael Eugene Nicole Shoup
Bhawani Bista Lindy McGraw  
* August 2011 graduate